Xilinx Inc XLNX
Q4 2013 Earnings Call Transcript

Transcript Call Date 04/24/2013

Operator: Good afternoon. My name is Martin, and I will be your conference operator. I would like to welcome everyone to the Xilinx Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2013 Earnings Release Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers' remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session. Please limit your questions to one to ensure that management has adequate time to speak to everyone.

I would now like to turn the call over to (Rick Mushe). Thank you. Mr. Mushe, you may begin your conference.

Rick Mushe - IR: Thank you, and good afternoon. With me are Moshe Gavrielov, CEO; and Jon Olson, CFO. We are providing financial and business review of the March quarter and then we'll open the call for questions.

Let me remind everyone that during our conference call today, we may make projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of the Company. We wish to caution you that such statements are predictions based on information that is currently available and actual results may differ materially.

We refer you to documents that Company files with the SEC, including our 10-Ks, 10-Qs, and 8-Ks. These documents contain and identify important risk factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements. This conference call is open to all and is being webcast live. It can be accessed from our Xilinx's Investor Relations' website.

Let me now turn the call over to Jon Olson.

Jon Olson - SVP and CFO: Thank you, Rick. Fiscal year 2013 was highlighted by sales growth from our new products, which increased more than 80% from the prior year, driving PLD share gains for the year. Although muted macroeconomic conditions contributed to an overall sales decline of 3%, Xilinx achieved a record gross margin in fiscal 2013. Gross margin of 66% was an increase from 65% in the prior fiscal year, a direct result of our continued focus on margin expansion projects across our product portfolio.

In the March quarter, Xilinx's sales were $532 million, up 4% sequentially and at the midpoint of the guidance we provided. Sales from all geographies with the exception of Japan increased sequentially. Gross margin was 66.1%.

Operating expenses of $204 million, including amortization were $4 million lower than expected, due primarily to lower discretionary, sales related and litigation expense. New product sales increased 13% sequentially with particularly strong growth from Kintex-7 and Virtex-7 FPGAs. 28 nanometer product sales exceeded $40 million in the quarter, surpassing our previously stated goal of greater than $30 million.

Let me now turn to a discussion of end markets. Sales from communications and datacenter decreased 1% sequentially. This was slightly weaker than we had forecasted. We had expected this sector to be up slightly driven primarily by wired communications. The actual results were driven by a decline in wired customers, primarily on older products. New products, however, were up sequentially. The decline in wired was partially offset by wireless customers shipping both 3G and LTE technologies on a global basis. We continue to expect TD-LTE business to be a significant sales contributor in the second half of the calendar year.

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